Music

Album Review: Yelawolf’s “Trial by Fire”

I’m not sure how to talk about Yelawolf these days. I’d like to open up this review with a discussion how after the underwhelming Radioactive he pivoted into a country rap vein for his sophomore project Love Story in 2015, an album I still think is underrated to this day. Seriously, even though that record […]

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Album Review: Lights’ “Skin & Earth”

So I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been really hard on Lights in the past, the Canadian indie synthpop artist who has fluttered around the edges of the mainstream for the past few years now, especially in Canada. And for me it can feel awkward because I keep getting the feeling that I should […]

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Album Review: Chris Young’s “Losing Sleep”

This is not the country record I want to be covering right now. If I had my way I’d be reviewing Turnpike Troubadours and Dori Freeman, two artists I’d argue are making far more interesting and compelling country music and I’m desperately hoping that my schedule will enable me to talk about them as soon […]

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Album Review: Xanthochroid’s “Of Erthe And Axen: Acts I & II”

So here’s one of the little benefits that comes with working in genres like black metal: given that you have no real obligation to fit to a radio sound or song structures or topics, you can pretty much write about whatever you want and audiences will typically be receptive of it. Granted, there are certain […]

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Album Review: Niall Horan’s “Flicker”

I think I’ve been looking forward to this record more than… well, pretty much everyone else. And that’s not entirely surprising – if you’ve followed One Direction’s career arc, Niall Horan didn’t really seem to stand out. Liam and Louis had more writing credits, Zayn and Harry seemed to have more personality and wanted to […]

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Album Review: Ariel Pink’s “Dedicated To Bobby Jameson”

So nearly every review of this record I’ve seen starts with a brief story of Bobby Jameson, a singer-songwriter in the mid-60s who was heavily promoted and developed a bit of a cult following before getting eaten alive by the music industry and his own appetites. It’s not exactly a pleasant story but it’s not […]

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Album Review: Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton’s “Choir of the Mind”

So I’m a little stunned there was as much interest from my patrons in this project as there is – a primarily piano-driven side project of a Canadian indie pop rock singer who has never really crossed over to the states, with her last album in this side project coming over a decade ago.

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Album Review: Neck Deep’s “The Peace and the Panic”

Yes, I know I’m late to talking about this one. I also know that if I wanted to I could have voted to cover this record earlier, and I didn’t – it got to the top of the schedule organically, and that’s fine. And if any of this sounds like I’m not looking forward to […]

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Album Review: Foo Fighters’ “Concrete and Gold”

So there was an article written by veteran music journalist Steven Hyden I was reading that encompassed a lot of my feelings about the Foo Fighters quite aptly, in that they were a band that became spokesmen for modern rock radio… despite not really putting out critically acclaimed rock records. It’s actually a little bit […]

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Giveaway: Win your Way into The Big Feastival!

This weekend, The Big Feastival is coming to Canada for the first time and you could be there! 

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